Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Wide aperture Help
DMC-FX78:f/2.5
DMC-FX700:f/2.2
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
6,400 ISO
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Zoom Poor zoom Help
5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$174 - $300

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Compact

$145

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$235 - $250

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$280 - $350

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$130 - $170

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen size Much smaller screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$319 - $399

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Ultra compact

$78

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Smaller
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix FZ70

Panasonic Lumix FZ70

Super zoom

$398

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker
Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Travel zoom

$92

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$398

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Touch screen No touch screen
Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820

Super zoom

$180 - $279

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Pro digicam

$698

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Significantly larger
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$370

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Wider aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Size Larger
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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